Multiple drug arrests across Fayette
It has been a busy couple of weeks for agents with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Narcotics Team (TNT). Team Commander Jody Thomas announced Tuesday that six investigations into the sale, possession or use of illegal narcotics have been concluded with the investigations leading to the arrests of 13 people.
Thomas said the first incident occurred Sept. 20 after TNT conducted an undercover operation in the parking lot of a Fayette County business.
A TNT agent acting in an undercover capacity purchased four ounces of suspected cocaine from a male identified as 37-year-old College Park resident Leroy Rico, said Thomas.
Sherman sold the suspected cocaine to the undercover agent for $3,700 and was taken into custody without incident on charges of trafficking cocaine, Thomas said.
The second incident occurred on Sept. 22. After receiving information about a person in possession of marijuana and stolen lawn equipment in Fayette County, TNT agents located a vehicle matching the offender and vehicle traveling south on Ga. Highway 85. TNT agents with the assistance of a Field Operations unit conducted a traffic stop.
Thomas said the driver was identified as Shelton Raymond Walker, 31, of Jonesboro. After the traffic stop and while deputies searched Walker’s vehicle, Walker fled on foot but was apprehended by a Fayette County Sheriff’s Office K-9 after a brief foot pursuit, Thomas said.
Thomas said Walker was charged with the possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, theft by receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and giving false information to a law enforcement officer. Walker is also wanted by the state of California for weapons charges, Thomas added.
The third incident occurred on Sept. 23. Thomas said the incident took place in the parking lot of a Fayette County business. After receiving information that a male driving a Volvo would be at the business in possession of a quantity of cocaine, agents located and detained 51-year-old Atlanta resident Timothy Summerville with no incident.
Agents found approximately 15 grams of cocaine in the vehicle, and Summerville was charged with possession, said Thomas.
The fourth incident also occurred on Sept. 23 when TNT agents executed a search warrant at 275 Julie Road in Tyrone. Upon entry into the residence agents encountered a total of six people, said Thomas.
Five of the six people were found to be using or in possession of marijuana. Those included Tyler J. May, 17, of Tyrone, charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute; Christopher K. May, 21, of Tyrone, charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a schedule II substance (hydrocodone); Emily E. Burdett, 19, of Fayetteville, charged with possession of marijuana and four counts of possession of dangerous drugs; Michael R. Iazzetti, 17, of Tyrone, charged with possession of marijuana; and William Edward Christopher Cullen Timbs, 17, of Tyrone, charged with possession of marijuana, said Thomas. A citation was issued to the homeowner Kimberly May, 45, for keeping a disorderly house, Thomas said.
The fifth incident occurred on Sept. 24 in the parking lot of a business in Fayette County. Thomas said a TNT agent acting in an undercover capacity met with two males to purchase a half ounce of cocaine for $600.
The two Atlanta residents, identified as Jimmie Taylar, 49, and Theris Larod Sanders, 38, arrived with only one and a half grams of the cocaine and were taken into custody without incident. Taylar was charged with the sale of cocaine, Sanders was charged with possession of cocaine, Thomas noted.
The final incident occurred on Oct. 6 after TNT agents received information about a person that was attempting to sell a quantity of cocaine in the area of a local Fayette County business. Thomas said agents were provided a description of the vehicle and the occupants. After locating the vehicle, agents assisted a patrol unit in conducting a traffic stop.
The driver, identified as 36-year-old Atlanta resident Ryan M. Stovall, remained in the vehicle and was detained with without incident. The passenger, 42-year-old College Park resident Corey Stovall, fled from the vehicle but was apprehended by a Fayette County Sheriff’s K-9 after a brief foot pursuit, said Thomas.
Corey Stovall was charged with obstruction and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Ryan Stovall was charged with possession of cocaine.
The Fayette County Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team is a multi-agency unit under the command of the sheriff of Fayette County. The unit consists of members of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Tyrone Police Department, Fayetteville Police Department and Peachtree City Police Department.